Product Launches February 2007

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New External Doors Revealed for 2007

Oak continues to soar in popularity and to complement this trend JELD-WEN, the door manufacturer, has introduced the New Kensington range of external doors to its collection.

Available in five attractive designs, the Kensington has kerb appeal and creates a good first impression in a home. The range features classic three, four, six, and 12 panel designs as well as JELD-WEN’s sophisticated new glazing styles. The Kensington’s triple glazed units are designed to offer improved insulation and feature bevelled glass with lead detailing which enhances their appeal even further. The Kensington range features frosted and grey-tinted glass with lead detailing to create a fusion of neutral shades that blends perfectly with the natural Oak finish of the doors.

The New Kensington range has secured full FSC Chain of Custody certification.

Mark Roberts, product manager for JELD-WEN, explains: 'The Kensington range instantly adds value to a home, creating a memorable first impression with potential buyers whilst demonstrating a high specification from the outset'.

This new range is offered with 5’’ stiles and can also be specified as a pre-hung doorset. All doors feature attractive raised and fielded panels to enhance their decorative style and distinctiveness.

Mark Roberts continues: 'Buyers require their doors to be stylish, energy efficient and environmentally sound. These new doors meet those requirements exactly.'

For more information or a copy of the JELD-WEN catalogue, contact the sales office on 0870 126 0000 or visit the website

KAT UK Adds Two Aluminium Doors to Portfolio

KAT UK, the UK supplier of patio doors and vertical sliding sash windows, has added two new doors to its growing portfolio – the KAT Classic Aluminium Folding and Sliding door and the KAT Classic Aluminium Patio door.

To satisfy customer demand, KAT UK has introduced these two aluminium doors to provide further options for specifiers, PVC window and door fabricators, installers, architects and builders.

These products are manufactured using profile from aluminium system company Smart Systems which, in line with other KAT UK products, means KAT UK will be supplying high specification top quality products that will be equally at home in a sheltered garden or to provide a panoramic view from a 10th floor modern penthouse.

In addition, KAT UK aims to improve on the manufacturing lead times normally associated with the aluminium industry.

Managing director at KAT UK, Jonathan Sheard said: ‘We hope that our experience and expertise in providing bespoke products for our customers will help us cut average lead times, as both doors will benefit from dedicated production facilities with fully tooled and trained staff.

‘Many architects specify aluminium doors, which we previously didn’t provide. However, our new thermally broken Aluminium Folding and Sliding, and inline sliding patio doors will now give them a quality KAT UK option’.

KAT UK’s new doors will allow homeowners to enjoy unrestricted views of their gardens and surrounding environment. They have multiple inward or outward opening options and can be stacked open at one end, or at both ends. Depending on the option chosen they can also operate with a conventional door or a pair of French doors.

With an unlimited choice of any Ral colour in a variety of finishes, the doors can be manufactured either the same colour on both sides or with the option of dual colours.
The new sliding and folding doors will complement KAT UK’s pvc patio door range, which includes the Elegance (WHS Halo), Classic (Deceuninck) and
Euroclassic (Eurocell).

KAT Classic Aluminium Folding and Sliding doors and KAT Classic Aluminium in line Patio doors are now available. To find out more or request a quotation please contact 01625 439666.


Conservation Rooflight gives Interior Design Choice

Designed to sit flush, the Lumen Rooflight is a low profile rooflight that meets all the standard requirements of a conservation rooflight but offers flexibility in its mechanisms to allow for both contemporary and traditional interiors. Manufactured by Tuscan Foundry Products, one of the leading suppliers of conservation style rooflights, The Lumen Rooflight is energy efficient in its incorporation of Pilkington Activ – the world’s first self-cleaning glass.

Especially made to replicate a Victorian design, the British made Lumen Rooflight is suitable for period properties with either contemporary or traditional interiors. Its fine lines of steel and bespoke mechanisms including chrome for a modern interior or solid hand made brass for an authentic look make this rooflight unique in its attention to detail. 

Architect Matthew Calvert comments:
'I feel the appearance of the Lumen rooflight is excellent and will definitely suggest them again to clients who have older properties or Listed Buildings.'

Each rooflight is made according to the specification and has optional features including remote control opening to allow flexibility. Where an excess of light is necessary, the Lumen rooflight has a seamless design which can be linked together with a minimum amount of visual framework.

Tel: 01403 860040

Trident: Security-Egress-Safety

Wagner, the independent hardware distributor, has introduced the Trident locking system for casement windows.

Featuring combinations of hooks and mushroom bolts locking into standard striker plates, Trident achieves exceptional security protection with the same routing and fitting procedure as a standard espagnolette.

The optional restrictor provides protection against falls during everyday use, but is easily disengaged to allow quick escape in an emergency.

The restrictor is on the handle side, so the opening is constant and no strain is put onto the friction hinge.

Finished in the attractive and environmentally friendly TS-Look silver, Trident is available from Wagner stock to suit a wide range of PVCu profiles.

Tel: 01634 263263

Avocet Launches New Document ‘F’ 2006 Compliant Trickle Ventilator

With the introduction of revised Document F of the Building Regulations regarding ventilation, manufacturers are required to test all ventilation products to BS EN 13141 testing standards. New dwellings now need to achieve an overall total background ventilation equivalent area figure as well as the equivalent area minimum set for each room.

This typically means that more background ventilation is required than before in order to remove stale indoor air from a building and replace it with fresh outdoor air. Trickle ventilators are the traditional method of achieving this and Avocet Hardware has launched a brand new trickle vent that fully complies with all new and existing legislation.

Fully independently tested in accordance to BSEN: 13141-1:2004 and manufactured from BBA accredited UV stabilised PVCu, the Avocet TrickleVent is robust, smooth and elegantly rounded in design, and is available as 2005EA and 5000EA.

Achieving a water tightness limit of 400 pa, it has been acoustically tested to BS EN 20140-10:1992 for sound insulation achieving up to 39dB. A multiflap control on the 5000EA model ensures greater control of airflow, allowing the size of the trickle vent to remain unobtrusive. Each vent can be fitted for either up draught or down draught operation to PVCu, timber and aluminium windows. Weather performance is tested to BS 1026 and 1027:2000 and optional sleeves are available to fully comply with BS 7412:2002.

‘The Avocet TrickleVent has been specifically developed for the volume market,’ comments Stephanie Wright, Marketing Manager for Avocet. ‘Its aesthetic design reflects the growing trend towards softer lines and ease of fit. It complies fully with the regulations for all window trickle vent installation.’

Available in Bright White, Brown and Tan, the Avocet TrickleVent features snap on end caps and positive open and close actions with an integral flyscreen in the external hood.


Consort Upgrades Window Hardware

Consort is a UK trade manufacturer of uPVC window and door systems, porches and conservatories.

The company has recently launched Consort fs – a new integrated window system featuring a 70mm lead-free uPVC profile with an elegant sculptured appearance.

Consort has also upgraded its standard window hardware, replacing espagnolette bolts with Nico’s new MultiLock multipoint locking system for added security. A new concept in window security, MultiLock provides a cost-effective, simple way to meet the requirements of BS 7950 - at little more than the cost of a standard espagnolette bolt.
Consort also offers the Nico Shootbolt as a top of the range security option.

As part of its hardware upgrade, Consort has standardised throughout with Nico Supercoat 500 silver finish – anti-corrosion marine specification – on all hinges and locking systems.

BBA Assured Performance for the most demanding installations
Independent BBA Assessment Test Results indicate that Nico MultiLock and Shootbolts achieved grade 4 (very high resistance to corrosion) as defined in BS EN 1670:1998, making them suitable for environments subject to industrial or coastal pollution.
Stuart Buchanan, Sales and Marketing Director of Consort explained the choice of new hardware.

'By changing our standard hardware package from espagnolette bolts to the Nico MultiLock and from a yellow plated finish to Supercoat 500, we now offer our customers a much more secure product in an attractive silver corrosion resistant finish.'

Tel: 44 1255 422333

DIY Window Film Boom Prompts Company to Re-brand

As trends in home decorating and improvement rarely stand still, at least one online retail company is taking advantage of the popularity boom in frosted window designs. Over the past five years, home owners have discovered that this stylish look can be achieved cheaply by applying plain or patterned frosted window film to any window surface.

The adaptable film has been regularly featured on popular home improvement programmes such as Property Ladder, Changing Rooms and House Doctor. Cheaper than etched glass and a more contemporary alternative to net curtains, its popularity has soared amongst DIYers on a budget.
Etchfx, established in 1998 re-launched in the UK in December as Window Wallpaper. The company supplies plain & patterned frosted window film which covers glass to create a frosted effect. 

It is most widely used on front doors to screen homeowners from the outside world as well as windows, mirrors and patio doors. Currently over 200,000 homes in the UK use this type of material somewhere in the home.

Patrick Green, Managing Director of Window Wallpaper explains the reasons for the re-branding. 'We have experienced a real surge in demand for our product as people have come to recognise window film as a classic but affordable option to expensive, specially treated glass and gives home a more contemporary look that net curtains.

We felt that, just as our product changes according to demand, so should our company. We decided to re- name the company as Window Wallpaper as we felt that this perfectly encapsulates what we do.'

Alongside the name change, Wallpaper for Windows has launched a new website ( to showcase the company's products. Customers can also order online from an increased range of designs, including a new range of low cost ‘window wallpaper’ known as the ‘value’ range. 

The new designs include Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and contemporary patterns. Prices start from £45.00 per sq. metre with the ‘value’ range starting at £29 per sq. metre.

Inagas Argon Fillers Now Fitted with Test Counters as Standard for Even Easier Operation

For more than 15 years Inagas says that it has pioneered techniques and set the standards for argon gas filling and now, with three of the company's most popular products argon filling is set to be even easier and more accurate.

Inagas IGA30, IGA60 and IGA200 machines are now supplied with Test Counters as standard equipment, the only machines available in the UK with this feature. The counters significantly improve ease of use and efficiency by counting the number of fills completed in addition to daily and accumulative data, at a glance.

Inagas filling machines are designed for efficiency, reliability and ease of operation providing gas flow rates up to 180 litres per minute with consistent accuracy in percentage fill rates. All Inagas machines combine the latest easy-to-use control systems within proven and reliable design parameters and are the most technically advanced gas filling machines available.

The heart of the Inagas technology is the dispenser's ability to detect the presence of gas in the IG unit and constantly monitor the percentage fill rate during the filling process. The entire filling process is automatic: The filling sequence is initiated simply by pressing the start button with no further action needed; the gas flow is stopped automatically when the required gas fill percentage has been reached.

The touch pad controls enable gas percentage levels to be changed, dwell times to be altered, gas calibration to be checked and the display also provides fault finding analysis. 'The addition of the Test Counters provides the most comprehensive data readout of any machines available,' says the company.


Braille and Tactile Sign Solution Launched in the UK

Signbox, the UK sign designer has become the sole UK distributor for the unique Marcal range of sign products. These competitively priced sign solutions are DDA compliant with the addition of Braille and Tactile lettering.

The Marcal range of sign products have been intelligently designed to meet the requirements of architects and designers. Stainless steel Braille and Tactile lettering further enhance this unique sign system. The Marcal range is unobtrusive within an architectural environment and effective in displaying DTP inserts. All signs are manufactured from toughened glass and stainless steel.

Mark Bartlett, Managing Director of Signbox comments;

'I am delighted that Signbox has become the UK distributor for the Marcal range. The products mirror our own expertise in designing precision engineered architectural signage for commercial buildings and the hospitality industry around the world.'

Marcal has been developing signposting systems since 1987 and works closely with architects and designers to ensure these systems convey every aspect of the meaning and concepts involved.

The complete range is now available in the UK from Signbox Limited,

For more information visit or ring 01784 438688

Vista Upgrades Door Locks

Vista Group plc, the UK manufacturer of PVCu door panels and composite doors, has further improved the specification of its range of composite doors.

All Vista composite doors are fitted with 5 separate locking points as standard. They have 2 hooks and 3 deadbolts together with a three way adjustable hinge for ease of installation.

The specification has been further enhanced by the addition of an aluminium powder coated face plate to both the hinge and lock side that greatly reduces any attempt at forceful entry.

The door locks also feature cylinder guards as an additional security measure and customers can be assured of peace of mind as every Vista composite door carries a full 10 year guarantee.

All of Vista's composite doors in its 'Welcome Collection' are manufactured to the highest industry standards. The company has achieved Secured by Design certification for its range of composite doors as well as PAS 23/24 accreditation.

The range is available in a variety of colour finishes and has the look and feel of a traditional timber door. The outerframe is triple sealed and consists of a bubble gasket and two brush seals that provide flush fitting - rather than a rebated fit - to reflect a true timber appearance.

Managing Director of Vista Group - Keith Sadler is keen to point out the benefits of Vista's composite doors.

He says: ‘we offer one of the most highly specified composite doors currently available. We only use top quality components which mean our doors are durable, weather resistant and thermally efficient. Our continuous research and development programme and our investment in the latest manufacturing methods mean that Vista Group will continue to offer class leading composite doors.’

Tel: 0151 608 1423

Meet the Challenge.......

Jason Wilder of CWG developed the MultiFold door using Rehau Tritec profile and Siegenia hardware.They proved to be a perfect match to produce the product that Jason envisaged and has subsequently proved so popular.

As ever, in this industry, it is not long before an innovation is put to the supreme test and a real challenge comes along to try the design (and nerves) to the limit.

The challenge seemed innocent and straight forward. The customer simply wanted some five and half metres of open door space. A second look started the mind racing as to the implications of creating this monster. In fact, it meant seven leaves with many moving parts all to function perfectly. It had to have Astragal bars lining through seven moving leaves. Finally, having resolved all that, the door had to be loaded and transported to its final destination, without damage. That required six strong men to be on site at the right time and one large lorry.

A challenge is a challenge and by definition, difficulties have to be overcome. So after careful design and manufacture, the door was made. By careful planning it was delivered and fitted. So now there is one very happy customer, who is delighted with the MultiFold. The customer was then left with the problem of landscaping the garden, to give maximum effect to both MultiFold and garden.

Astragal bars continue to be popular and can be fitted to any of the wide range of products offered by CWG Choices Ltd. For Rehau 70, Tritec and Shield the bars will have sculptured bar/bead on the inside and bevelled on the outside. With Kömmerling Connoisseur the bar/bead is sculptured inside and out. Due to their complexity, astragal bar grids are always supplied factory glazed, which gives peace of mind to all concerned

Contact Debs Morrison at CWG Choices Ltd, Pywell Road, Corby NN17 5XJ. Tel. 0870 626 7510 Fax 0870 626 7511.


New Openings for Visage

The Visage composite door from Shepley Window Systems has been further developed to offer installers and specifiers with an even better performing product thanks to Yale and ERA Products.

‘Shepley has long been associated with some of the best performing products in the glazing industry and the latest developments to the technically advanced Visage door are set to enhance this reputation further,’ says Tim Walker, sales director. ‘In particular the locking and low threshold options provide additional features for the social housing and trade sector.’

Yale now provides the G2000 multi-point locking system which has a 10 year guarantee, is covered by Secured By Design and is insurance approved. Further confidence in the Yale product is the fact that it is recognised by 98% of consumers.
The Visage door can now be supplied with a comprehensive 10 year warranty that covers everything from delamination, discolouration, locking system and hinges.

ERA Products provide another new feature to the door with an electronic multi-point lock for remote access and it is available with a variety of key-fob and conventional key options to meet the most exacting needs of the customer/specifier. This new electronic multi-point lock complies to the relevant security standards PAS23/24 and is Secured by Design for use in composite doors, so high security is guaranteed.

Tim Walker comments: ‘The latest developments to the Visage door are part of an on-going development programme across all the products that bear our name. We've worked hard to gain our reputation for product performance and quality and the Visage composite door represents just that. Companies looking for a better performing composite door with a more complete warranty should look no further.’

Tel: 0161 339 2433

New Range of Welders from Winmac UK Ltd

Rotox Gmbh the German window machinery manufacurer has made a significant investment in a new production facility in Kaiserlauntern to produce a full range of PVCu welding machines.

The new factory which opened in September 2006 has taken orders for over 100 four , six & eight head horizontal welding machines and already has over 50 employees working on the production of the welding machines.

Winmac UK Ltd the sole distributor of Rotox products for the UK & Ireland has already taken orders for more than 1 million pounds of the new welders and already has installations in various customers across the the UK.

Solar Windows, Senator Windows, Premier Trade Frames, Futura Frames, Glazerite Windows & Yorkshire Windows are some of the companies who will be using the new products made in Kaiserlauntern.

Rotox is well known in the UK for the quality and reliability of its CNC cleaning range and has moved forward using a lot of the same technology and proven parts manufacturers to make the welding range.

The new range of welders will consist of four head, six head and eight head horizontal , a smaller range of of single & two head welders, a new style vertical four head welder and a complete range of inline welders.

If you would like to find out more about the New range of Welders from Winmac please contact 01865 730888 or email

New Developments make the Haffner SBA Machining Centre the Fastest in its Class

Haffner says that new developments will ensure the company’s well-established SBA Cutting and Machining Centre ‘maintains its reputation for being the best choice for fabricators looking to automate their processes’.

These developments include an additional saw unit. This increases production output by a minimum of 25% - and makes it the fastest machine of its type. It means sawing can now be separated and channelled using Haffner's specially developed optimisation software. As well as the obvious speed benefits, this also puts the machine at the forefront of waste management because the macros are optimised as well as the order of cutting.

In addition a reinforcing station can be added onto the machine at an additional cost. This saves both time and space on the factory floor because it means fully laden trolleys don't have to be moved to a separate reinforcing area before being replaced by trolleys ready for the next batch.

The further improved SBA machining centre will take centre stage for Haffner at Glassex 2007. Members of the Haffner GB Ltd team will also be on hand to answer questions and give live demonstrations throughout the 4-day show.

Among those fabricators taking early advantage of Haffner's new machine are MPH Windows, Classic North East, OK Windows in Belfast and Euroglaze of Barnsley. The four companies all placed their orders in the run up to Christmas and helped ensure a strong end to 2006 for Haffner. The machines are scheduled to be installed in February and March.

Haffner says that it was delighted with sales during 2006, and if early indications are anything to go by, 2007 looks like being a similarly good year. The company’s diary is full of factory visits to fabricators wanting to avoid the post-Glassex rush and it’s beating its sales target of closing two sales a month.

Managing Director Dave Thomas says, ‘We have a superb product that brings demonstrable production benefits to fabricators. Coupled with our high quality consultancy and customer service, it's a recipe for success.’

To view the improved SBA Machining centre at Glassex 2007 visit stand C070.

Tel: 01785 814032

Selecta Launches New Composite Door Range

PVC-u extrusion company, Selecta Systems has introduced a new composite door range to its existing product portfolio. The new doors, with an attractive woodgrain effect surface finish, combine impressive thermal efficiency as well as high performance levels and increased longevity.

Available in aesthetically pleasing designs the doors provide a realistic alternative to natural wood with all the benefits and durability of PVC-u and their hardy construction eliminates the possibility of water penetration into the casing and door frame.

Selecta's composite doors are available for both domestic and commercial applications and are supplied pre-hung in 8710 frames that are fitted with Winkhaus Cobra Twin Hook Locks and Exitech Document M compliant low thresholds.

Clear or obscure glass is fitted as standard whilst leaded or bevelled units can be supplied at an extra cost depending upon specific design. Doors can be supplied glazed or unglazed to offer maximum choice.

In standard format the new composite door requires no additional preparation and is ready to install immediately. Letterplates, door knockers, viewers and numbers are all available as an additional option.

Each door is produced to individual requirements with delivery within a 3-4 week timeframe.

As with all Selecta System's products, the Composite Door range has been subjected to various independent tests to ensure performance and customer satisfaction.

Tel: 0121 325 2100